Pacific Ocean Blue - 1977
Paradoxically one of the saddest and most uplifiting albums ever recorded. Dennis Wilson, Beach Boys' drummer and brother to Brian, look seven long years to record this LP. Upon its release Brian sang its praises, but Dennis dismissed it as lacking in substance -- looking forward to his next LP Bamboo, which he promised would be even greater. Opening with the beautiful "River Song" about the country living Dennis longed for, Pacific Ocean Blue is an intensely passionate trip through the West Coast lifestyle that consumed him -- rivaling even Pet Sounds in its emotional intensity and orchestral might.
Sadly, this was to be Dennis' lone solo release, as in late 1983, he drowned off the coast of Marina Del Ray, CA. Bamboo remained unreleased until the fine folks at Sundazed/Legacy included it in their Deluxe Reissue of the album last year.